Museums and Exhibitions

Forystusetur Leader Sheep Information Centre
Turf houses of Mánarbakki folk museum
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Museums in Húsavík

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Safnahúsið Húsavík Museum
Everyday ephemera jutted up next to squiffy-looking stuffed rodents, this is a great place to delve deeper into Iceland´s history and learn how-on-earth people survived in such challenging conditions all those years ago. Read more>

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Húsavík Whale Museum
The Húsavík Whale Museum is one of the few museums in the world solely dedicated to whales. Inside lies a fantastic cross-section of the marine mammals that inhabit the Icelandic coastlines. The highlight of the museum is the 23m long skeleton of a Blue Whale. Read more>

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Exploration Museum
The Exploration Museum is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. Read more>

Museums near Húsavík

Forystusetur Leader Sheep Information Centre

Forystusetur Leader Sheep Information Centre
Leader sheep are a unique strain that exists only in Iceland and is known for their outstanding behavioral abilities and intelligence. Throughout the centuries many stories and legends entwine about leader sheep who saved their flock and humans from upcoming dangers. Read more>

Gljúfrastofa Visitor Centre © Vatnajökullþjóðgarður

Gljúfrastofa Visitor Centre
Gljúfrastofa is the visitor centre for Vatnajökull National Park, located in Ásbyrgi Canyon. The center provides comprehensive information about the park, hiking trails, natural attractions, services and recreational options. Read more>


Grenjaðarstaður Turf Farmhouse
Steep yourself in Iceland´s rural past by taking a wander in one of the country´s largest turf farm settlements, Grenjaðarstaður. Read more>

Krafla Geothermal Power Plant

Krafla Visitor Centre
Krafla is one of the most well-known geothermal areas in the world. Landsvirkjun offers guests the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the geology, history and utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland and the opportunities therein. Read more>

Turf houses of Mánarbakki folk museum

Mánarbakki Folk Museum
Twenty five kilometers to the north of Húsavík, set in an idyllic looking series of black and white turf houses, sits a folk museum showcasing relics of a bygone Iceland era. Read more>


Sauðanes is an old church estate on Langanes peninsula, 7 kilometres north of the village of Þórshöfn. It is believed that there has been a church in Sauðanes since the 12th century. The vicarage in Sauðanes, was built in 1879 from dolerite and is the oldest house made of stone in the north-east of Iceland. Read more>

Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum
Lake Mývatn is famed for it’s bird-life with many rare waterbirds. As such, this is the perfect location for a bird museum, and with 330 stuffed specimens, an extensive egg collection, an aviary, and more, Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum does not disappoint. Read more>

Skjálftasetur Earthquake Centre
The Earthquake Centre in Kópasker shows in depth information about the region’s unusual geography. In particular, there is an emphasis on the tectonic activity in the ’70s and ’80s which resulted not only in an earthquake in Kópasker but also the volcanic eruptions at Lake Mývatn. Read more>


The museum presents a unique collection of everyday items showing daily life in the area in the 19th and 20th century including a traditional wedding dress and other handmade items. Read more>

Ystafell Transportation Museum

Ystafell Transportation Museum
From weird, repurposed tanks used to deliver milk, to giant snowmobile buses that look straight off the set of Dune, the Transport Museum at Ystafell has collected and preserved half a century’s worth of vehicles, and set it on display in a wonderfully remote location. Read more>